Lee Marvin Payne will finish 25-month prison term in September
Lee Marvin Payne's 25-month prison term finishes in September. — Telegram file photo
A man from Newfoundland and Labrador with a history of committing violent sexual assaults will be released from prison in September, but he will have several conditions to comply with as part of a long-term supervision order.
Lee Marvin Payne, who is in his late 30s and is originally from Cox’s Cove, has almost finished his full prison term of two years and three months. He was convicted in 2011 of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl in St. John’s.
During the incidents in question from 2009, Payne lured the girl to his apartment by offering cigarettes and money.
In January, the Parole Board of Canada decided it would not release Payne after he completed two-thirds of his sentence. Last week, the board decided to remove some special conditions previously imposed for his long-term supervision order, but it also imposed new conditions.
“The Board maintains the view that you have insight into your behaviour, know that is wrong and understand that your victims suffer as a result of your actions,” wrote the parole board in its decision dated July 17. “At the same time, you have demonstrated insight in the past, appeared to be engaged in your community correctional plan, only to quickly engage in serious deviant actions with severe consequences for your victim. The Board is not convinced you are able to manage your sexual urges or consistently use programming skills when faced with high risk situations with opportunity or temptation.”
Payne will begin a 180-day residency following his release from prison on Sept. 23, and his leave privileges will be monitored. He will not be allowed to leave his residency on weekends, and any other form of leave will be supervised by a person who is aware of Payne’s criminal past.
Amongst the conditions removed from Payne’s long-term supervision order is one requiring him to avoid any direct or indirect contact with females under the age of 16 unless supervised by a responsible adult approved by Correctional Service of Canada.
The board said this condition was not necessary given the other conditions in place relating to his leave from the residency. However, it has the right to re-examine the need for such a condition if his leave conditions change.
Payne will be prohibited from accessing any pornographic materials and will not be allowed to consume alcohol or use illegal drugs — the board noted his past offences have been aggravated by the use of them.
In 2001, Payne was sentenced to 5 1/2 years in jail for sexual assault and sexual assault causing bodily harm. The case involved multiple female victims in Ontario between the ages of nine and 58.
In one incident, involving an adolescent girl to whom he was a stranger, Payne exposed himself in public and masturbated before he grabbed, choked, punched and sexually assaulted the victim.
During a robbery in 1997, Payne exposed himself in public and assaulted a pregnant woman as she was leaving work, throwing her to the ground and choking the victim.
A psychological assessment conducted during Payne’s most recent stay in prison suggested he is at a high risk to reoffend, and the board said it “cannot disagree” with that opinion.